Ken sent an article written by Mr. Robert Parry today. The title: "CIA: Osama Helped Bush in '04." In a sick and twisted fashion Bush and Osama Bin Laden needed one another 2001. OBL's Al-Qaeda operation was fledging as Bush stumbled in his presidency. Bin Laden desperately hoped to reenergize his movement by attempting a dramatic attack on the U.S. The end result, OBL revived Al-Qaeda while Bush rebuilt his presidency as a “war president” after 9/11.
The CIA had tried to warn Bush about an impending attack in August 2001, however, a vacationing and out of touch Bush blew off the CIA and continued to play cowboy in Crawford. As the story reports, Bush snapped at the CIA's intrusion and said, "all right you covered your ass."
The real terror of bin Laden, according to the article, is that he was able to both manipulate and frighten Americans into voting for Bush.
I am not sure I completely buy this because I do firmly believe the election was clearly stolen in Ohio in 04, thanks to the likes of Blackwell and Diebold. That having been said, it is possible that Bin Laden was able to scare some of the less informed voters and therefore the margin of victory for Kerry narrowed. LS
"CIA: OSAMA HELPED BUSH IN '04"
BUSH TOLD CHENEY TO GO AFTER WILSON
From the National Journal.com, written by Mr. Murray Waas. (Thanks Ken!) LS
One senior government official familiar with the discussions between Bush and Cheney -- but who does not have firsthand knowledge of Bush's interview with prosecutors -- said that Bush told the vice president to "Get it out," or "Let's get this out," regarding information that administration officials believed would rebut Wilson's allegations and would discredit him.
A person with direct knowledge of Bush's interview refused to confirm that Bush used those words, but said that the first official's account was generally consistent with what Bush had told Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.
Libby, in language strikingly similar to Bush's words, testified to the federal grand jury in the leak case that Cheney had told him to "get all the facts out" that would defend the administration and discredit Wilson. Portions of Libby's grand jury testimony were an exhibit in a recent court filing by Fitzgerald.
BUSH DIRECTED CHENEY TO COUNTER WAR CRITIC
AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES WRITES A BLISTERING ATTACK ON FOX NEWS, THE MEDIA AND THE NYT FOR ITS FAILURE TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ON IRAQ
Excerpts from his latest column follow from Raw Story.com
When I was covering the war in Iraq, we reporters would sometimes tune to Fox News and watch, mystified, as it purported to describe how Iraqis loved Americans. Such coverage (backed by delusional Journal editorials baffling to anyone who was actually in Iraq) misled conservatives about Iraq from the beginning. In retrospect, the real victims of Fox News weren't the liberals it attacked but the conservatives who believed it.
Historically, we in the press have done more damage to our nation by withholding secret information than by publishing it. One example was this newspaper's withholding details of the plans for the Bay of Pigs invasion. President Kennedy himself suggested that the U.S. would have been better served if The Times had published the full story and derailed the invasion.
Then there were the C.I.A. abuses that journalists kept mum about until they spilled over and prompted the Church Committee investigation in the 1970's. And there are secrets we should have found, but didn't: in the run-up to the Iraq war, the press ˜ particularly this newspaper ˜ was too credulous about claims that Iraq possessed large amounts of W.M.D.
In each of these cases, we were too compliant. We failed in our watchdog role, and we failed our country.
WHILE THE PRESS AND MEDIA FAILED OUR COUNTRY BY TACITLY ENDORSING THE WAR IN IRAQ AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO GRASP OR PURPOSELY BLEW OFF THE THREAT OF NORTH KOREA, MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH, N. KOREA DECIDED TO PLAY WITH ITS MISSILE TOYS TODAY.
Bush is playing cowboy in Crawford again and Cheney is trying to manipulate the incident into a win-win for the GOP.
NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES MISSILES